Visiting Weekend:
Friday, July 18 – Saturday, July 19, 2014

We welcome families of current campers to Visiting Weekend. See your children water-ski, play tennis, and enjoy their many other camp activities; you’ll meet their counselors, bunk-mates and senior camp staff.

Friday schedule: 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. Visit camp at sunset; let the hugs begin!
Saturday schedule: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Join us for a full day of activities for campers. Bring your bathing suit to top off your day with a family swim in Lake Balfour.

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Bazaar Weekend:

Saturday, August 2 – Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Bazaar Weekend features our Bazaar, a carnival and fundraiser, produced by campers. We welcome alumni, and families of current campers, such as grandparents and older siblings, who may not have had the opportunity to visit camp on Visiting Weekend.

Saturday schedule: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Baco Che-Na-Wah Bazaar: an afternoon of fun, games and fund-raising.
Sunday schedule: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Extend the fun with a relaxed visit, and lunch. Bring your bathing suit to top off your day with a swim in Lake Balfour.

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It is our pleasure to provide you with a parent handbook for the 2014 season, which we encourage you to download and use as a reference guide. Also, find important information, schedules and required forms listed on this page below in our FORMS LIBRARY.

If you have a question, please don’t hesitate to call us at camp:

(518) 251-2919 (Baco) or email
For Che-Na-Wah (518) 251-3129 or email
Our winter phone number is: (516) 867-3895.
If you prefer to fax: (516) 868-3819.

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Forms Library 2014

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Parent Handbook

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The One Fund Boston

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Menino today announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, the purpose of which is to raise money to help those families most affected by the tragic events that  unfolded during Monday’s Boston Marathon.

Thanks to everyones hard work and help, the Baco/Che-Na-Wah Bazaar Foundation was able to contribute to The One Fund Boston.

We are one Boston.  We are one community.  As always, we will come together to help those most in need.  And in the end, we will all be better for it. – Boston Mayor Menino

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Our hearts go out to all of those affected by yesterday’s devastating tragedy and the entire Boston Community. 



90 Years at Camp Che-Na-Wah

This summer will mark the 90th birthday of Camp Che-Na-Wah! How amazing!

We want to celebrate this milestone with our Camp Family…

Please post on our Facebook page or email ( your favorite camp songs, memories, stories, pictures.  Also include any details you have, years, names, etc.


Everything will be organized and made available for everyone to look at on our website!

We are so excited to look back on memories of Che-Na-Wah over the past 90 years.


Time flies when you’re swimming in Lake Balfour!




From Barbara and Bob

We’re thinking of everyone during these days after Hurricane Sandy and hope that you are all safe and doing well.  Things at Camp are fine.  We are anxious to hear from you.  Please keep in touch.


Che-Na-Wah Counselor Toast 2012

On behalf of the counselors of Che-Na-Wah we would like to propose a toast to the summer of 2012.  We all love being counselors here, but each of us takes away something different.  As the five of us were trying to verbalize what camp means to us, and how to put it into the toast, we realized that not one moment or feeling can summarize camp for all of us.  Whether it is jumping in the lake, or the feeling of watching your campers overcome a challenge, each aspect of camp impacts everyone in a unique way, which makes every counselors experience special.

What we can agree on is that camp is the one place where you can walk down the path, and know every single person.  This is the one place where everyone knows something about you, and you know just as much about them.  Age does not serve as a barrier for friendships, and the fact that you are never actually alone here holds more influence on your seven weeks than we can full grasp.

We would like to thank the administration for making all of our summers here possible and unbelievable.  After 12 or 13 summers here, it’s impossible to sum up what camp has given to us in just a few paragraphs strung together with pretty descriptions of the lake and the mountains.  Che-Na-Wah has been the one constant in all our formative years, which has transformed each of us.  Even as we maintain our individuality, we have developed another part of our character that is only possible because of camp.  We can be our weird selves here, the people we were always meant to be but didn’t know how to be at home.

In years to come, the girls in Bunk 2 will be in 22, leading camp through blue and gold, services, and singing in the dining room.  During our Upper Senior summer, this year 22 lived in Bunks 6 and 8.  Watching them grow into the leaders that they have become over the past 7 years has not only been a pleasure, but also a symbol of t he life cycle that takes place in this bubble.

In no other situation do you get to experience such monumental growth, watching as the generation after you maintains the traditions that were once passed on to you by your own counselors.  We can’t wait for the waitresses to help continue this pattern as they become counselors and shape the lives of future campers.  Its not that our lives are all about camp, its that camp IS life.  It is the perfect representation of what happens.  From firsts, to lasts, to everything in between, camp has brought true meaning to the phrase “full circle.”

We are the luckiest.  Take a look around you right now, and try to understand what you have.  Deep down, you know just how special this is, even if you can’t quite put it into words.  Somehow, someway, these past seven weeks have come and gone.  It is hard to accept, but look on the bright side, realize that we’re learning a life lesson earlier than most.  All things, good and bad, eventually come to an end.  That’s honestly the way time has to work.  But if you spend that time with the people who you love, and who love you more than anyone else in the world, everything will be okay in the end, because that’s what life is about, and that’s what camp is about too.

-Sydney, Emmy, Lillie, Rachel, Lauren

Waitresses 2007


Baco Counselor Toast 2012

Writing this year’s counselor toast got me wondering what makes Baco so awesome.  The answer that I came to was, well, its us.

Baco was built on the idea that the secret to a great camp is great people.  Each summer, we know Mel will call us out for putting knives in the peanut butter.  Michael will be better than Broadway, and the lake better than a shower.  Carol won’t tell you what goes into her Michigan sauce.  Jackson 5 will send chills down your spine, and you will still want to hear “Friend of the Devil”.

It’s in this sense of community and belonging – which doesn’t exist beyond Route 28N – that we find comfort.

Now heading into my senior year of college with the real world looming uncomfortably around the corner, I’ve realized that old friends are life’s cushions.  Friends who know you, your family, where you came from, and how you came to be.  They remember when you at too many Ellios in Bunk 12, didn’t wear enough deodorant in Bunk 19, and carried an Olympic torch Waiter summer.  In this, I couldn’t be happier to have you all.

To the Waiters of 2021:  You won’t remember this toast, and maybe anything at all from your next five summers.  Bus at you squirm in the inner ring; I can’t help but squirm in jealousy and excitement at the journey you have ahead to waiter summer.  Soak up every moment.

To the Waiters of 2012:  Over the last four years as your counselor, I’ve seen you all grow from pimple-faced, doe-eyed Lower K kids to independent, confident young adults ready to lead camp.  Live the tradition and give back to Baco for as long as you can.  All 28 of you are incredible, and I’m honored to call you not just my campers but also my friends.

To the Waiters of 2007: I have no words.

And to the Wortmans, Silvers, and everyone else who gets those heady collared staff shirts:  you’ve created something amazing.  Thank you.

As for the campers:  You need no toast.  Instead, in these last few days I ask you to find a place around camp and sit down.  Close your eyes.  Focus on everything about that one instant.  Then tuck the memory into your back pocket.  And when the short-lived excitement of seeing family, home friends, and good food wears off, try on the memory like that semi-dirty, but clean-enough sock in your laundry bag.  I guarantee a smile will spread across your face.

Put ‘em up.


Waiter of 2007


Cooking with Babs!

Thanks to the 2012 Waiters’ generous donation to the Bazaar, Chef Babs & Sous Chef Jane taught their culinary skills to these talented and very hungry young men.

The Waiters purchased a Cooking Class & Dinner, which tested their chopping skills, and mixing technique. They learned that Rosemary was not just someone’s name, and there’s a difference between white sugar and brown sugar.

The class whipped up Kebobs that were grilled to perfection, Pasta Salad with Feta, and Homemade Berry Cobbler with Chocolate Ice Cream.  They ate every drop, and they even cleaned up….and it was a blast!


Bazaar Weekend

Ron Dagan

On July 27th, Camps Baco and Che-Na-Wah had the pleasure of watching Ron Dagan and his sons Adam and Tamir perform.  Every summer, folk singer and songwriter Ron Dagan performs all different types of songs with his own twist.  His son Adam even showed off his rapping skills!

Ron Dagan is a highly anticipated event, and is definitely a highlight of the summer.

Our Ron Dagan Playlist is:

Lose Yourself

We are young

Havah nagila

Oseh shalom

Stereo hearts

Sweet Caroline

I get by with a little help from my friends

Lean on Me

Man or a Muppet from the Muppets


I wanna eat a bagel

Moms in Vegas

Friend of the devil

Don’t stop believing

Cha cha slide

Time Warp

Hokey pokey


On Saturday July 28th, both camps, staff, alumni, and even camp families partook in The Baco/Che-Na-Wah Foundations annual Bazaar.  The Bazaar raises money for multiple charitable organizations such as the American Heart Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Senior Staff, and 4 chair people – 2 waiters and 2 waitresses, organize the Bazaar each year.  The chair people set up booths, collect donations, and help prepare before the event.  This year’s Bazaar chair people were Chloe F., Nikki E., Maxx E., and Brad W.

To raise money for these charities, every Baco and CNW bunk is assigned a booth that they run themselves all day.  Some of the booths include tic tac throw, shave the balloon, and others sell food.  There is also a merchandise booth, and the very popular, 7 over 7 under.

At the end of the day, there is a pie eating contest, three-point shoot out, and a live auction.

With the continued support of the campers, staff, alumni, and families, the Baco/Che-Na-Wah Bazaar foundation is able to raise enough money to support over 60 charities each year.

Senior Show

This past Saturday and Sunday night was the Senior Show.  This show includes CNW girls going into 9th and 10th grade, and Baco Boys going into 8th 9th and 10th grade.  The show’s theme this year was 70s music. It featured songs like “I Will Survive”, “Joy to the World”, and “Play the Funky Music”.  Senior show is the last show of the camp season, but everyone looks forward to it all summer long.  The cast member have been rehearsing for this show since the first week of camp, and have spent many hours putting together what both camps say was an amazing production.

Some highlights include the duet song “Enough is Enough” sung by Becket M. and Hannah R from bunk 22, the all cast number “ABC/I Want you Back” mash up, and the surprise staff song “American Pie”.  Director Michael S., Assistant Director Danny R., and Musical Directors Julian B., and Peter N. all put in a lot of time and effort to make the show possible and a success.


Senior Trip to Quebec

Campers from both Baco and Che-Na-Wah went on a 3 day trip to Quebec city.  They were all so excited about the trip, both groups decided to tell you about their favorite parts!


This year, Bunk 22 and the Waitresses went to Quebec City for senior trip for two nights and three days.  It was awesome!  We left on Thursday morning around 7:30AM.  We arrived in Quebec at noon and had an opportunity to shop and eat lunch.  Then, we all went to the hotel to settle in and get ready for dinner.

Dinner was at a Sugar Shack.  It was authentic Quebec food and music.  There was a man playing the violin and some of us got to go up and play the wooden spoons and dance.  There was maple syrup on the table, which people ate with bread and butter, and even on some potatoes and sausages.  After dinner they demonstrated how to make the sap from a tree into maple syrup, and we got to go to a little museum of all the animals from that area.  They also gave us toffee to eat on a stick, which was delicious!

After such a fun evening we went back to the hotel, where we were able to hang out for a little before going to bed early for early wakeup on Friday.

Friday we woke up at 6AM for a 6:30 breakfast so we could start our day at the ropes course!  After everyone got through all of the levels on the ropes course, we got back on the bus and headed to the mall to walk around.  The day was so much fun, and all of sudden it was time to get ready for dinner again.  We went to a French Restaurant in town for dinner that evening.  Dinner was delicious, and after that, we went to watch a really cool Cirque du Soleil outdoors.  It was a lot of fun, and was a great way to end the day.

The last day, Saturday, we started off by going on a trip to see a beautiful waterfall.  After, we went to the old city for lunch and then started to head back to camp.

Everyone had an amazing time and couldn’t have asked for more.  Senior trip 2012 to Quebec City was definitely a blast!


Hey now viewers of the Camp Baco blog.  This is Ethan and Jack coming to you with another edition to our blog.

Today, we are going to tell you about “Senior Trip”.

The Senior Trip is a 3-day, 2 night trip that alternates its location each year.  The bunks that are able to go on the trip are bunk 22, 23, and 24.

Once we arrived in Quebec, we were able to walk around the history rich old Quebec city.  Bringing our signature Baco Boy charm and intellect, we left last impressions everywhere we went.

We ate at the Sugar Shack, saw Cirque du Soleil, and went to a great ropes course.  We had an excellent time, however, it is good to be back in the greatest place on earth… Camp Baco.

We will keep you posted on major events.  This is Jack and Ethan signing off.  Have a great day and stay classy.


CNW Waterfront

Here at Che-Na-Wah, we have a variety of waterfront activities, which includes swim, ski, and BCS (boating, canoeing, and sailing).  At swim, campers have instructional swim.  This is where the lifeguards teach how to do all different kinds of strokes, and help everyone become stronger swimmers.  There is also general swim, where we can have fun in the lake with everyone that wants to go in!

Ski is one of the favorite activities at camp.  Every camper loves to waterski and the counselors are very helpful.  Everyone starts out on the first level, which is boom.  You can work your way up through rope, crossing, lifting, dropping, slalom, slalom crossing, and finally slalom spray.  Every week the ski staff picks a camper as skier of the week.  This is always a hard decision for the ski staff, as the skier of the week is someone who shows improvement, works hard, and is enthusiastic and spirited.

BCS is also one of the camps favorite activities.  Campers can row, use a funyak, canoe, or go sailing.  For the younger campers, counselors go in the boats with them and show them how everything works.  There is one area of the lake called the cove, where everyone can meet up during their BCS period, even if they are in different boats.

Overall, the waterfront activities on Lake Balfour are a large part of what makes camp so special.

-CNW Bunk 22



If you have a question, please don't hesitate to call us at camp:

(518) 251-2919 (Baco) or email
For Che-Na-Wah (518) 251-3129 or email
Our winter phone number is: (516) 867-3895. If you prefer to fax: (516) 868-3819

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